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The Concept of Falsifiability
A brief discussion on the concept of falsifiability in science.
# 145537 | 991 words | 3 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Nov 14, 2010 in Psychology (Freud) , Philosophy (Science) , Psychology (Theory)

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The paper discusses Karl Popper's claim that for a point of knowledge to be considered scientifically objective, it must be falsifiable. The paper explains that because scientific claims must be rooted entirely in logic in order to have any value, they must be logically provable and disprovable. The paper explains why falsifiability is especially important in psychology and looks at how Freud's concepts of the id, ego, and superego are not verifiable or falsifiable. The paper concludes that falsifiability is an important concept, but it should not be considered the only determinant of scientific theory.

From the Paper:

"The scientific method has been around for millennia, and ensures that knowledge derived by this method is objective and as accurate as the circumstances of experimentation allow. The scientific method exists to make sure that other experimenters will be able to repeat and verify results; if results cannot be repeated, than they are considered invalid. In his book The Logic of Scientific Discovery, Karl Raimund Popper examines many aspects of how we attain scientific knowledge, and somewhat revolutionized the way we think about science and knowledge. One of his most profound claims is that the form of all knowledge "must be such that to verify them and to falsify them must be logically possible" (Popper, 1992, 17). This does not mean, of course, that all knowledge must be proven false. Instead, the concept of falsifiability means that there must be a logical way in which any point of knowledge could be proven false, just as there must be a logical way to prove that something could be true. For example, claims of God's existence are not falsifiable; one cannot logically prove that God does not exist (this would be proving a negative, which is a logical impossibility). This, Popper claims, for a point of knowledge to be considered scientifically objective, it must be falsifiable."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • McNally, R. (2007). "Is the pseudoscience concept useful for clinical psychology?" The scientific review of mental health practice, 2(2).
  • Peter, J. (2007). "God and bad theories." On philosophy, April 2007. Accessed 11 February 2009.
  • Popper, K. (1992). The logic of scientific discovery. New York: Routledge, 1992.

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